Venezuela Crisis Possibly Reaching Apex…

U.S. Secretary of State calls it “Operation Liberty” and supports opposition leader Juan Guaido. The Venezuela regime of Nicolas Maduro calls it a “coup attempt” and has help from Russia and Cuba to put down the uprising.  The regular Venezuelan military, and the ordinary people of the country appear to be caught in the middle.

Perhaps this is the last effort of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to shift the balance of power. The White House is supportive but cautious. Everything is tenuous as Venezuela appears to be on the brink of extreme political violence.

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday made his strongest call yet to the military to help him oust President Nicolas Maduro, and violence broke out at anti-government protests as the country hit a new crisis point after years of political and economic chaos.

Several dozen armed troops accompanying Guaido clashed with soldiers supporting Maduro at a rally outside the La Carlota air base in Caracas, but the incident fizzled out and did not appear to be part of an immediate attempt by the opposition to take power through military force.

Guaido, in Twitter posts, wrote that he had begun the “final phase” of his campaign to topple Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the armed forces to back him ahead of May Day mass street protests planned for Wednesday.

“The moment is now!” he wrote. “The future is ours: the people and Armed Forces united to put an end” to Maduro’s time in office.

Tens of thousands of people were marching in Caracas in support of Guaido on Tuesday, clashing with riot police along the main Francisco Fajardo thoroughfare. A National Guard armored car slammed into protesters who were throwing stones and hitting the vehicle.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino called the latest instability a “coup movement” but several hours after Guaido’s announcement there was no sign of any other anti-Maduro military activity. Guaido later left a rally he was holding with military supporters at the air base.  (read more)

This looks like a no-retreat proposition.  Those in the military who make a decision to support Juan Guaido can never return to life before the inflection point and will be targets of the Maduro regime.   A terrible crisis with few good options.

Our prayers for the Venezuelan people who are caught up in this political nightmare.

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179 Responses to Venezuela Crisis Possibly Reaching Apex…

  1. sundance says:

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  2. Caius Lowell says:

    Venezuela is living Barack’s dream — 0bama akbar!

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  3. chojun says:

    I don’t feel that this will end cleanly.

    And none of this would be happening if Venezuela didn’t have among the largest petroleum reserves in the world.

    In terms of Geopolitics, Russia wants a petro-puppet state in the Western Hemisphere to have the ability to put pressure on US oil production. Plain and simple. The internal politics of Venezuela (Socialism) is irrelevant. If Russia loses the ability to have their thumb on the world energy scale, then their own economy is again at risk of the kind of instability it saw in the final years of the Soviet Union.

    I trust that President Trump and Sec. Pompeo will use great discretion in what happens next in terms of US involvement.

    A true US-China trade reset would become an existential crisis for China.
    The collapse of oil cartel states (OPEC) ability to set oil prices would become an existential crisis for Russia.

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    • Caius Lowell says:

      Wealth attracts socialists the way a healthy body attracts parasites…

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    • MM says:

      I also have a bad feeling about what we’re watching transpire Venzuela..

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    • upper379 says:

      I don’t have any problem with more oil production anywhere in the world.
      Lower oil prices by having Venezuela start producing will only help our own economy.
      Drill baby drill, anywhere.

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      • chojun says:

        The problem is that OPEC nations manipulate production in a way to bankrupt private industry in non-OPEC nations.

        The Saudis tried to do this with the US shale industry a couple/few years ago by bottoming out the oil prices. A lot of shale producers went out of business because of it.

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        • Stillwater says:

          I watched a video a while ago about when OPEC did this to the shale industry and the video said the plan backfired on OPEC and inefficient shale producers were put out of the shale business leaving the remainder to become much more efficient and competitive at lower prices than even OPEC could be. If the price of oil wasn’t high enough then shale producers can easily shut down production with little overhead until the price is right.

          I did a quick search and I think this was the video.
          Shale cowboys: fracking under Trump – Docu – 2017

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      • jnr2d2 says:

        Yes and no. It takes lots of cash to drill. Price must be high enough to keep it going. So there is a fine balance. Below $50 fracking will stop, and field decline sets in. Eventually prices will rise again restarting the cycle. Last cycle started summer 2014 — 2 years to a low, and 3 years back to a high. Steady prices are better for all parties, including consumers.

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    • willthesuevi says:

      “And none of this would be happening if Venezuela didn’t have among the largest petroleum reserves in the world.”

      Yes and no. The US does not care about Venezuela’s oil, anymore. Before Chavez it was a different story. The US and others had billions tied up in the oil producing, treatment and transport of oil from the Orinoco belt. After Chavez nationalized the industry, many companies took a bath on their investment and never looked back. Venezuela lost most of their Engineering talent. Native Venezuelans, with the knowledge and expertise, left for jobs in other countries. Foreign companies, who built the industry, were Nationalized and kicked out. The Venezuelan bureaucrats that were left to run things had no idea how to keep the oil flowing.

      China and Russia stepped in to help the Venezuelan oil industry, but they do not have the expertise to produce that very heavy oil. Venezuela’s oil production has dropped so low that OPEC has been talking about kicking them out for years.

      The oil from the Orinoco belt is very, very heavy (think asphalt) and difficult to produce (get to surface), let alone transport (pipeline or ship) and refine (convert to usable products). The US has very few refineries left that can refine heavy oil. After Chavez many of our heavy oil refineries have mothballed or converted to sweet crude to handle our own increased production.

      So yes, Russia and China have a vested monetary interest in Maduro remaining as leader of Venezuela. They need to get the money they have been pumping into the country back in oil.

      And no, the US does not need Venezuelan oil, anymore. We are self sufficient.

      The US is more concerned with unrest and the spread of communism in our southern hemisphere.

      I am a domestic oil and gas producer and third generation in the industry. I have been watching this play out for years.

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      • chojun says:

        Thanks for the insights!

        What I was speaking to was mostly touching on the macroeconomics of oil/energy, especially in terms of oil as a commodity, which definitely affects profitability for US producers.

        But if Venezuelan production has crashed as you say then I definitely agree with your assessment that Venezuelan petro is not a factor in the world economy.

        Interesting stuff, at any rate.

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        • willthesuevi says:

          Chojun,
          I agree with you on the macroeconomics.

          I want to see Venezuela strong, productive and innovative again. I hope, for the Venezuelan people, there is a fairly peaceful regime change. The new regime will have to get busy fixing their economy, preferably using the free market. Their oil reserves will play a big part in that resurrection.

          It will be a long hard struggle to get their oil production back to an economic and efficient level. I wish them the best.

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          • Will,
            Your comments about VZ crude are totally in line with what I hear from fellow Texans. And I believe it is also true–correct me if I’m wrong–that production in Permian basin is profitable at oil prices far below $50. And, the benefits of the huge production of natural gas as another energy source.

            The Venezuelan emigres we have met tell us horrific stories about what is occurring there. Prayers are for sure in order; it would be great if Maduro would get on that plane and flee but I suspect there will be more violence before he can be ousted. It will take a lot of wisdom for the Venezuelan people to rebuild their country.

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            • willthesuevi says:

              Wisdom,
              The “profitable below $50 in the Permian” question is a moving target. For any new drilling using the long horizontal lateral and multi-stage frac job, the $50 dollar target is the very bottom end of the profit scale. Older vertical wells and newer horizontal wells, that have paid out, can certainly operate and break even in the $35/Bbl range.

              To be concise-at $50/Bbl prices there will be very little new horizontal development. Only lease-hold; wells that must be drilled or lost will be considered. Smart companies that have managed their debt load well, will easily survive pricing below that mark, but little new horizontal development will take place.

              Hope that helps.

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      • 4EDouglas says:

        Also you can’t build a heavy crude refinery easily.If you have no experience with
        it..

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      • George Hicks says:

        Sundance has done such an excellent job of keeping us informed on a daily basis but this community (and it IS a community) has amassed so many great people who participate and share their expertise in so many areas, that very few days go by that I don’t learn something new. Thank you Will and thanks to all treepers for your participation!

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  4. GB Bari says:

    Very dangerous situation there. Guaido’s Venezuelan opposition protesters must face concentrated military might nothing like that of our founders in 1776 nor like any in the Civil War, as horrible as those wars were.

    It is a bit unsettling to not hear that the U.S. is aiding them in any way, since Maduro is getting help from Russia and Cuba, both known to encourage vicious military attacks against civilians who protest.

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  5. FofBW says:

    Genocide of ones own people is just pure evil.

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  6. rustybritches says:

    My prayers are with those people today who are fighting for freedom and want a new way of life
    Obama had a chance to do this in IRAN and he stood with the leadership who was corrupt and cared nothing about their people and today our President stands with the people and I pray for them to be helped by our great lord in heaven and help them to come forth as a better time in their country please lord protect these people

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Of course mister Obama sided with the evil mullahs running Iran. He didn’t care about the people in the streets of Teheran as he was much more interested in finding a way to ship pallet loads of cold hard ca$h to the terrorist regime rulers.

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      • mac says:

        Remember this: Obama NEVER did ANYTHING that would help the United States. He hated this country as it was when he was elected, and he spent the next eight years doing his damnedest to injure it in every way possible. He thought America was a bad country, and white Americans bad people, and that both needed a good, solid dose of defeat and poverty to teach them they were no better than anyone else.

        I used to pray he would not be assassinated because I didn’t want him to get undeserved martyr status (like the womanizing plagiarist Martin Luther King, for example), but for eight years I woke up every morning dreading to find out what else he had done to damage and embarrass America.

        There are several lessons to be learned from his tenure in the White House, but the most certain of them is that no country wanting to survive should ever elect a leader who hates and despises the country which elected him. The price for that type of mistake is very, very expensive.

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  7. Perot Conservative says:

    Three words.

    Bullet. Proof. Vest.

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  8. These are the same people who voted Chavez, Maduro, and his communist thugs in the legislature into power.

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    • We need to stay the f- out………no boots on the ground stuff……….

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      • Carson Napier says:

        Maybe drop small arms for the people to use to shoot back at the Venezualian army troops who are enslaving them..

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        • Ok with me. Even if the CIA uses their assets to assist.

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        • Sofa King says:

          Erik Prince is Betsy DeVos’s brother?!

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        • Carson Napier says:

          Blackwater Guards Fired at Fleeing Cars, Soldiers Say

          “Blackwater USA guards shot at Iraqi civilians as they tried to drive away from a Baghdad square on Sept. 16, according to a report compiled by the first U.S. soldiers to arrive at the scene, where they found no evidence that Iraqis had fired weapons.

          “It appeared to me they were fleeing the scene when they were engaged. It had every indication of an excessive shooting,” said Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa, whose soldiers reached Nisoor Square 20 to 25 minutes after the gunfire subsided.

          His soldiers’ report — based upon their observations at the scene, eyewitness interviews and discussions with Iraqi police — concluded that there was “no enemy activity involved” and described the shootings as a “criminal event.” Their conclusions mirrored those reached by the Iraqi government, which has said the Blackwater guards killed 17 people.

          Tarsa said they found no evidence to indicate that the Blackwater guards were provoked or entered into a confrontation. “I did not see anything that indicated they were fired upon,” said Tarsa, 42, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. He also said it appeared that several drivers had made U-turns and were moving away from Nisoor Square when their vehicles were hit by gunfire from Blackwater guards.”

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        • Carson Napier says:

          Blackwater Is Soaked

          “The colonel was furious. “Can you believe it? They actually drew their weapons on U.S. soldiers.”

          The colonel, who was involved in a follow-up investigation and spoke on the condition he not be named, said the Blackwater guards disarmed the U.S. Army soldiers and made them lie on the ground at gunpoint until they could disentangle the SUV. His account was confirmed by the head of another private security company.

          One military contractor, who spoke anonymously for fear of retribution in his industry, recounted the story of a Blackwater operative who answered a Marine officer’s order to put his pistol on safety when entering a base post office by saying, “This is my safety,” and wiggling his trigger finger in the air. “Their attitude was, ‘We’re f—ing security; we don’t have to answer to anyone”

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          • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

            Sorry, but quoting and linking to FakeNews sources like the WASHINGTON comPOST and MSNBC will not earn any credibility around here.

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            • Carson Napier says:

              Your deflection to “shoot the messenger” is worthless. Especially as one of the messengers you shot is Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

              But thanks for your input anyway. Maybe money grubbing Blackwater will give you another dog biscuit.

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        • Carson Napier says:

          Blackwater would make America the ‘Hated Yankees” in South America for a thousand years. The communists would love it.

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      • willthesuevi says:

        RTD, I agree with both these posts. Most of the people living in Venezuela today were the ones that voted for the “free stuff”. Unless they are part of the Socialist elite, the free market people and business professionals left years ago. I hope against hope, any new regime can teach the Venezuelan people freedom and liberty is the best economic stimulator ever invented!

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    • Caius Lowell says:

      Venezuelans believed the socialist enemedia and are now reaping the inevitable consequences…

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    • alliwantissometruth says:

      RTD, are you sure they voted them in, or did vote fraud get them in?

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    • I have a lot of sympathy for the suffering of the innocent civilians in Venezuela but you make a very good point RTD.

      Our South American neighbors seem to swing back an forth between socialist dictators and vicious cruel insane thugs as leaders with a few fairly decent guys in between.

      The election for Chavez was probably rigged and when the people of Venezuela finally got tired of his barbaric boot on their necks they rebelled.

      Hopefully Guaido and his followers will prevail and the country will stabilize for a few years then who know what will break out when the citizens become upset about something and start to complain.

      I don’t mean to be cynical but it is the way things happen politically in South America.

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      • Unfortunately the legacy of Spanish imperialism has not made transition to democracy easy in South America. Many books have been written on this subject…in brief I think it is a result of the very bifurcated society–very rich and very poor, without a robust middle class.
        History shows that a strong middle class/merchant class/bourgeoisie provides stability for any country–which is why MAGA policies are so essential to return USA to strength, imho.

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  9. Carson Napier says:

    When a government wishes to deprive its citizens of freedom, and reduce them to slavery, it generally makes use of a standing army.
    – Luther Martin, Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention

    A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen. Without standing armies liberty can never be in danger, nor with large ones safe
    -James Madison

    Charlotte Taylor Wilson: You don’t really believe the people are happy!
    Don Diego: All I know is the soldiers are quite happy shooting the people who say the people are not happy.

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  10. Uncle Max says:

    The key, IMO, is put enormous pressure on Cuba to withdraw their units. Give them a window to get their people out. The consequences , to Cuba, for providing security for Maduro should be enormous. I would hope Brazil and Colombia could be persuaded to get units in to help ASAP. I hope US military can stay out of it as long as it’s possible, but this cannot go sideways now.. But the Russians and Cubans are key. We’ll see how Tom Clancy this gets…

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  11. The Devilbat says:

    This reminds me of what happened on Christmas day 1989 with the overthrow and execution of Nicolae Ceaușescu and his rotten wife.

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  12. Brant says:

    Trump et al back Guido. Russia backs Maduro. While I don’t think Trump would create an “illegals to sanctuary citiesesque” situation with an entire country, if Dems support Maduro (or don’t support anyone), does that mean they support……Russia?

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  13. ristvan says:

    The big mass protests are planned for tomorrow, May 1. If today’s warmups are indicative of what will happen tomorrow, it will probably force at least some of the military to side with Guaido and proactively protect the protests rather than watch Maduro’s gangs of Cuban thugs massacre civilian protesters. Endgame.

    The protests will be massive and everywhere. People have insufficient food, no medicines, almost no electricity, and because of that insufficient or no water. They have nothing more to lose. So the military actively propping up Maduro by attacking protesters makes no sense, although some Maduro has bought off might stay on the sidelines. Guaido probably is gambling on that dynamic.

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    • Uncle Max says:

      No reason to hold protests tomorrow. Maduro was going to crush them, ergo , today’s action. If somone was going to protest tomorrow, they’re likely getting into it today. Likely only have a 24-36 hour window.

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    • Skippy says:

      Thank you. Your vast knowledge it very welcomed to me. Although my husband went there two decades ago and already his native surgeon contact friend in Caracas was speaking of the inevitabiity of this. It’s very heartbreaking and I fear greatly for the Venuzualan people.

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    • Another scenario is the military sits it out tomroorw………then down the road, throws Maduro over and enforces it’s own rule of law and government. Rejecting Maduro and Guaido. A military coup; this is what some analysts beleive is the 3rd way out of this mess. Key to remember that many in the military believe thier future is better with Maduro than Guaido. The 3rd way is plausible if the military is concerned about their own economic interests going forward.

      We will see.

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  14. Paul says:

    Its always been the case that small nations get ripped apart as proxies for the struggles of large nations. In our globalist, financialized, multi-culti world, this will occur even more often.

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  15. Skippy says:

    Rocks and Venuzualans will not do it against Maduro troops and Russian, Cuban and Chinese thugs! Time to wake up American’s.

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    • Uncle Max says:

      Give ’em time to get maltov cocktails made. As the public sees just how existential the threat to normal life really is… as they hear of the deaths.. of people being arrested.. there are not enough troops if the public rises up. If the Cubans around Maduro kill a couple hundred civilians, there is no way this doesn’t escalate to foreign military units being sent… and Maduro has to know this.

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  16. Neural says:

    As I stated last summer, and will repeat again.
    The end goal with Venezuela, for the globalists, is to create a situation in which millions can use the well beaten path through Central America and Mexico right to our Southern Border as “refugees”.
    It’s the same damned battle-plan that they’ve been using to kill Europe.
    Yes, I’m aware that there are laws that may prevent those people from claiming asylum here, but they will play on the sympathy of the general US population (a large portion of which were stupid enough to vote for Hillary, and another 50million+ that are not even citizens).
    The flood of what the Media will call “war refugees” will at the very least become the democrats big 2020 election issue “Oh those poor people, vote for me to stop evil drumph from his racism!” and garbage like that will be the daily news.
    And the Democrats will continue to push for the right of incarcerated individuals to vote, because it guarantees them a means of allowing someone who is in the country illegally to vote (see how that works? If you’ve killed someone, you can vote. If you’ve raped someone, you can vote. If you’re here in the country illegally, you can vote.)

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      This is the best reason as to why we cannot simply ignore the situation.

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    • alliwantissometruth says:

      I agree it’s a big component of this situation Neural

      They’ve been using destabilization for decades in order to move third world peasants into Western countries to overwhelm and ultimately replace traditional Western people

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  17. I hope people understand why the 2nd Amendment is critical to a free Republic and free people.

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  18. Publius2016 says:

    Guaido has very little support; Miss Venezuela would have much more…They put their money on wrong guy…Change him and see the Venezuelan People rise up!

    Like Brazil, they need someone who made money and now wants to change their world!

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    • I think you are right. It is why the military isn’t jumping on board with the street movement. One might well think that Maduro’s removal is inevitable. But military members may believe that they personally will fare better under the current regime than under one headed by Guaidó.

      Some military leaders may believe that a “third way,” in the form of a military coup, is the best option. For them, the smart play might be to quash the present uprising, dispense with Guaidó, and make their move later on.

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      • Publius2016 says:

        votes are hard to count once Communists take over…Chavez came to power and 43 did nothing…Confiscation is wrong and now who can work for the future…

        Real Question: will Brazil and/or Colombia move first?

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  19. Blue Wildflower says:

    I hope we have planes ready with food and supplies for the people. Very concerning!

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  20. Hammersdad says:

    I wish them well, but I have grave doubts. Overthrowing tyrants by their otherwise-disinterested oppressed citizenry is extremely difficult and dangerous. This is particularly when the State’s military was the source of the tyranny in the first place and benefited greatly from the association afterwards.

    So far, this looks more like an uprising and jacquerie rather than a deliberate revolution. Revolution requires dedicated perseverance – uprisings only need frustrated emotion. This is the difference between cold anger and heated passion. It’s very hard to win a revolution with people who have little experience or even much personal use for Liberty as at least some of us still remember it.

    Hammersdad

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  21. Carson Napier says:

    We are still in Afcrapistan after 17 1/2 f-ing years and now some want us to, not protect our own border with troops, but invade Venezuela with our troops.

    Stupidity at Warp 9.

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  22. burnett044 says:

    they gonna need a bigger rock…

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  23. BarneyRubble says:

    Prince Charles in Cuba last week giving orders and making assurances.

    Communism = British Empire

    British Empire = House of Windsor

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  24. Summer says:

    I don’t like it one bit.

    Please stay away from this REGIME CHANGE CRAP. Not our business. Let them sort it out themselves; this is socialists vs. communists struggle and, as usual, the struggle is about who can fleece the sheep better.

    As for the “all options are on the table” rhetoric… We don’t need a dangerous proxy war with Russia, although I am sure neocons are champing at the bit.

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    • lolli says:

      Summer.
      Yes, I am sure the neo cons are pushing this.
      I have been very wary, this is just what they have been looking for. How to start a war with Russia. All the neo cons care about is that Russia remains the boogy man.
      If Russia and US teamed up, the globalists could finally be defeated.
      But no, we need to be allies with UK, Canada,Australia, etc. Ya. The real globalists who tried to overthrow our President.
      And how hypocritical. I don’t hear anyone wanting us to help oust macron?? What about the horrible genocide in Africa????
      No, I am sure Maduro is horrible. No doubt. But PT said “no more regime changing”. I expect him to keep his word.
      I know, this is just my opinion and really have stayed out of this conversation because I don’t think it will be well received. But that’s ok.
      I am open minded and welcome different views on this.

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  25. TonyinLA says:

    Shooting their way out of socialism.

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  26. BarneyRubble says:

    Venezuela on Travel Ban list

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  27. Carson Napier says:

    The interventionists are a lot like the socialists. Maybe brothers-from-another-bother.

    The socialists say – we need to go with more socialism – even though it has a record of failure like in the USSR, Cuba and Venezuela – it just wasn’t done right – this time it will be great!

    The interventionists say – we need to go with more interventionism – even though it has a record of failure like in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – it just wasn’t done right – this time it will be great!

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  28. Bill says:

    Please no refugees. We can not handle them with the problems we already have. Help them stay there and rebuild there own country. Please and thanks.

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    • Mariposa323 says:

      Then we can’t have it both ways . Either we help them to get back their country or they will be coming here . Take your pick . Sheesh .

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      • Bill says:

        Huh? Not sure I follow what you’re saying. I want us to help them down there. Not bring them all here as temporary refugees that we all know will never leave.

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        • SSI01 says:

          You’re getting closer. I think “help them help themselves” is the better way to go. First we have to make sure this isn’t just two groups of socialists warring with each other. If you have genuine patriots/capitalists/believers in democracy and a representative, elected form of government on the one side going up against dyed-in-the-wool socialists on the other – why, then, support the patriots but still with NOT ONE American soldier or Marine. All air support should be provided via drones. Give the patriots all the weapons and ammo they need along with pertinent and actionable intelligence, and encourage them and DON’T RUN OUT ON THEM as did JFK on the Free Cubans in the Bay of Pigs. If you’re in it, you’re in it to win it – with them doing the fighting and dying. Most folks just don’t appreciate what they don’t fight for, anyway.

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  29. dan understahl says:

    Cannot have China, Russia and Cuba in Venezuela, that ongoing would create havoc.. Yet , that is the way that it is, action is required,.
    Pull out of Afgan abd. Ger. shut the southern border, bring the troops to the U.S on ready.

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  30. digleigh says:

    Been reading some disturbing info. …Trump transition team full of establishment arms/oil folks who were spying on Trump, and who are now itching for War…Blackwater involvement? I know we do not need to be involved, but also Russia and China trying to support Maduro, etc… I was in Venezuela a few weeks for personal reasons in the early 80’s … It was when prominent families were controlling and before the socialists/communists like Chavez took over…After that change, They nationalized the private oil ( Lake Maracaibo etc…), and many other businesses…Many were jailed… Took some 7 years just to get permission to farm on their own lands, bribes under the table were the only ways to do any business with the corrupt government. Over the decades, things have gone down hill…Appt.s owned by govt. , so little individual houses sold ( you have to put down like 50% to qualify), so many times 2 to 3 families were living together..Now, even much worse!! Prayers for all there, enduring the suffering for the last few years! Prayers for one special person who still lives there! May God be with the people of Venezuela, and May God have mercy, and may truth win out!

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  31. TheTorch says:

    This is apparently a live stream from Venezuela via Global news on YouTube:

    Venezuelan opposition supporters clash with security forces near La Carlota military base where opposition leaders Juan Guaido and Leopoldo Lopez spoke earlier in the morning. Security forces are on high alert as clashes simmer throughout the day.

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  32. andyocoregon says:

    I flipped onto CNN a short time ago and Wolf Blitzer was interviewing Mike Pompeo about Venezuela. At the end of the interview, Pompeo said Madura has his private plane fueled and ready to go at the airport. Pompeo said Maduro should immediately “Fire up the plane”. Wolf asked him if Maduro would have safe passage to Havana Cuba if he flew out of Venezuela. To which Pompeo answered “Mr. Maduro understands what will happen if he gets on that airplane”. Wolf asked the same question twice again and received the same answer “He knows our expectations”. LOL!

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  33. PowerCord says:

    Can you say “Iraq”? No, wait, “Vietnam”? Do not get us into another confrontation that we can’t successfully walk away from.

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  34. Dora says:

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  35. They may think they know a coup attempt. They fon’t Have Obama, Clinton, Brennan, Comey, Clapper, &ates, Priestap, Lynch, Holder, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Carlin, Archey, Jarrett, et al. That’s a coup attempt!

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  36. Concerned Virginian says:

    It is well to remember that there is only DIRECT suffrage in Venezuela, no version of the Electoral College as the United States has.
    My opinion: when a country has DIRECT suffrage, it can also grow itself into a dictatorship that become totalitarian.
    So do I assume this what the fellow-travelers here in the U.S. want with their “abolish the Electoral College” and the various states who passed bills to use only DIRECT suffrage in Presidential elections (which can’t be enforced, only a Constitutional amendment can abolish the Electoral College)?

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Great point.
      Venezuelans also want to retain socialism, and have no desire to embrace free markets and private ownership. The first step is ridding themselves of their dictator.
      But as you say, how can they avoid another dictator with direct suffrage, and especially with socialism?

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    • yucki says:

      The Electoral College was divinely inspired.
      Abolish Satan first, then come back to me on that abolishing-thing.

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  37. WES says:

    Venezuela is a rather complicated mess to put it mildly. I my humble opinion the Socialists were already doing a very good job of ruining the country so why should we interfering? It isn’t like they need any help! Just leave them to it!

    For most of it’s history the rich ruled the country leaving most in poverity. This setup can be traced back to the days of Spanish conquest where 1% owned 99% of everything. The recent instability probably stems from the lack of upward mobility for most Venezuelans because everything is so corrupt. Born poor, die poor. Most Venezuelans are poor. The rich like it that way and went to great lengths to keep it that way.

    The Socialists won power by promising the poor a bigger slice of the economic pie. In the early days, with high oil prices, the Socialists did deliver on their promises gaining wide spread support amoung the poor by providing education and health care.

    The question for most poor Venezuelans now is under which system in the future will they likely be better off?

    The old system of the rich or the new system of the Socialists?

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  38. CNN_sucks says:

    PDJT should make a deal of lifetime offer demoncrats to fight Putin in Venezuela. Get even in meddling in 2016 election. s/

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  39. WES says:

    Michael: When oil prices were high the Socialists did spend the money helping the poor in Venezuela by building housing, providing education, and medical care. So they now have a solid base of support.

    For poor Venezuelans their choice is between; having nothing when the rich were in power to having something when the Socialists are in power! Not much of a choice!

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  41. MaineCoon says:

    Different comment on this one. Break in the ranks. Same article as above.

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  44. Pyrthroes says:

    For whatever reasons, lurking-menace authoritarian cultures from Cuba and Venezuela to various African, Mideast, and Asian/Oriental polities tend to go full collectivist/Statist at well-defined generational intervals clustering ’round 72 years.

    Precisely that long after Hiroshima, to globulist (sic) elites’ extreme dismay, Trump in 2017 began prying Deep State Enarque clerisies’ and rentiers’ dead fingers off long-suffering bourgeois tax-mules. “Trump is a fool!” they cry, his Jacksonian proclivities are “counterproductive”, “dangerous”, “naive”, “Insane”.

    O yeah– compared to what, Clinton and Gangrenous’ administrative/regulatory (Fourth Branch) coup d’oeuvre, their crony-socialist sabotage of America’s coal-oil-nuclear energy economy, fostering grotesque “identity group” herd instincts aimed explicitly at developing a permanently dependent, ignorant and impoverished, ethnic/gender/racial underclass?

    If swaying cobras from MzBill, Fauxcahontas, “Kibbles” Gillibrand, “Camel-toe” Harris are not sufficiently insulting, how’s about Bernie-baby, Slow Joe Biden, the peculiar-person South Bend Kid? We have a winner!– the only question is, of what?

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  45. Texian says:

    Russia and China have a foothold in Venezuela – and they are not going to leave without a fight..

    Because the United States is an Empire in Decline.. Thanks to Congress, the Deep State and the Leftist Political Party..

    The deep state is continually meddling in Russia’s backyard.. Ukraine.. So Vlad is now meddling in ours..

    And the United States is so bogged down with politics it can’t even put troops on its own border to stop an UNARMED invasion..

    Bumbling Idiots..

    I’ve got news for you.. Vlad ain’t leaving.

    If you want him gone, it will take U.S. Military intervention..

    Then the deep state will try to prolong it and lose it..

    It’s what they do..

    A Nation in decline..

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  46. CNN_sucks says:

    People of Venezuela have nothing to loose. They are already starving in Maduro’s regime. All hands on deck.

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  47. askandgettruth says:

    as with any war or revolution there will be a vacuum left that russia and china will fill in our back yard. BAY OF PIGS 2 ?? why are we giving china the ability to wage war with the western hemisphere. trading with the enemy and china is our enemy. we don’t need their junk and poison goods.

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